New York School's as do most in the U.S. have a Zero tolerance for weapons, a nail file, knitting needles, a tiny weensy pen knife are considered weapons. All result in suspension's. These kirpans are glued into the scabbards with glue and cannot be removed under any circumstances.
They aren't allowed to wear them on an airplane or in court. Why would they need to wear them in a facility loaded with security? This isn't the lawless hills of 1740 Pakistan.
Yes, the notwithstanding clause would apply.
The only rights that s. 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms cannot override are:
- the right to vote;
- the maximum term of the Parliament of Canada or a provincial or territorial legislative assembly (except for during real war);
- the obligation of Parliament to meet at least once every twelve months;
- and, the rights of Canadians to move between the provinces, and to enter and leave Canada.
What are the chances that someone inside the Olympic gates will need to defend their religion with a kirpan? If a Sikh is attacked there will be enough RCMP to taser the attacker faster than you can say Maaki ki roti.
Indeed. But it is interesting that even with their policy of zero tolerance; they still did make allowances for a religious symbol. They did not automatically ban the kirpan because it is supposedly a weapon (or were they mandated by a court?).
But that is just the point; kirpan is not to attack somebody or even to defend oneself (these days, it wonít be much use against a bullet). I am sure Sikhs have been subject to violence in Canada (who hasnít?), but they have never used kirpan to defend themselves (at least none that has been reported). So kirpan is not really to defend themselves.
Kirpan is a religious symbol to be carried at all times (unless government prohibits it for safety reasons, as on an airplane).
Agreed, there is no practical reason for wearing kirpan, it is a religious symbol. But then why should a religious symbol have a practical reason? Is there really any practical reason for wearing a cross? Christians wear it anyway, because it has religious significance for them?